The Black Cauldron, by Lloyd Alexander

This book si about a group of friends who destroy Arawn’s greatest power, the Black Cauldron (a.k.a. The Black Crochan). We meet them first in Caer Dallben, while they are having a council. They speak of how they are going to get the Black Cauldron. By daybreak the next norming, they’re gone. Taran’s group of guards consists of Taran, Adaon, and Prince Ellidyr, son of Pen-Llarcau. That night, they take guard by the Dark Gate to the Annuvin. That very night, Eilonwy and Gurgi find them. Doli of the Fair Folk brings news that the Cauldron is not in the Annuvin. A crow they meet called Kau tells them that the witches Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch own the Cauldron. They find the witches and trade Adaon’s brooch for the Cauldron. They are told that a live man must willingly jump in. The problem? That man dies. The evil traitor King Morgant kidnaps them, taking the Cauldron. Doli saves them and they start the battle. It was Ellidyr who paid the final price; he jumped in the Cauldron and destroyed it.

I like this book. It is the second in the Chronicles of Prydain.

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